Barcelona: Claudio Bravo; Dani Alves (Adriano 62‘), Piqué, Mascherano (Marc Bartra 69’), Mathieu (Jordi Alba 66‘); Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Luis Suárez, Neymar. 4-3-3.
Real: Rulli; Aritz Elustondo, Mikel González, Iñigo Martínez, Yuri; Rubén Pardo, Granero; Xabi Prieto, Carlos Vela (Bruma 81’), Canales (Oyarzabal 58‘); Agirretxe (Héctor Hernández 73’). 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 22. Neymar. Got on the end of Dani Alves cross to turn shot past Rulli.
2-0. 41. Luis Suárez. Acrobatic volley across keeper from Dani Alves centre.
3-0. 53. Neymar. Connected with Mathieu cross and steered shot past Rulli.
4-1. 91. Messi. Turned ball in on far post after Neymar crossed in from left.
Yellow cards: Yuri 28’, Granero 37’, Canales 48’, Rubén Pardo 50’, Aritz Elustondo 56’.
Leaders Barcelona kept up their recent great form with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Real Sociedad on Saturday afternoon. Luis Enrique’s side came into the game having scored ten goals in their last two matches against Real Madrid and Roma, and with Messi back in the starting lineup they dominated the early minutes, Rulli saving from Messi and Iniesta heading against the post before Neymar connected with a Dani Alves cross to open the scoring. Either side of half time Luis Suárez and Neymar added two more, the first an acrobatic volley from another Alves centre, and the second after Iniesta and Mathieu combined to set him up. Bravo still had to make a save from Bruma in a rare attack by Eusebio’s side, but for the rest of the match the Barça players tried their best to gift Messi a goal, the Argentinian superstar hitting the bar and having a couple of shots blocked before he finally got his name on the scoresheet with an easy tap-in from Neymar’s cross in injury time.